2019 Chicago Marathon Elite Athlete: Tatyana McFadden

Chicago News

Tatyana McFadden, a four-time Paralympian, made history in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as the only athlete to ever win four AbbottWMM in one year: London, Boston, Chicago and New York. In total, she has won 22 AbbottWMM in just 10 years of elite marathon racing. But she has recently shared the spotlight with Switzerland’s Manuela Schär, and Shär, the winner of the 2018 Chicago Marathon, has proven hard to beat.

Name: Tatyana McFadden

Country of origin: United States

Residence: Champaign, IL

Standout races: McFadden, a 10-time U.S. Summer Paralympic track and field medalist and the only woman to win six gold medals in a single IPC World Championships, returns this year for redemption to capture her ninth Chicago Marathon win. Her victory in 2016 made her the most accomplished champion in Chicago Marathon history.  

Her victory in 2016 made her the most accomplished champion in Chicago Marathon history. She made her marathon debut in Chicago in 2009, outsprinting her more seasoned competitors in the closest women’s wheelchair finish in Chicago Marathon  history. In 2014, McFadden astounded in a new sport: cross country skiing. She won a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and then 32 days later, she won the Boston Marathon (and one week later, she won London). 

McFadden’s 2019 season has included four runner-up finishes in Tokyo, Boston, London, and Duluth. She followed her teammate, Susannah Scaroni, to the line in Duluth to set a new PR, 1:31:30. In her wake, she has taken down course records in London (breaking her own course record in 2014), New York and Chicago.

More about Tatyana McFadden: In 2014, McFadden astounded in a new sport: cross country skiing. She won a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and then 32 days later, she won the Boston Marathon (and one week later, she won London). 

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